If there is one title that all gamers are familiar with it is Call of Duty. The franchise grew to become the epitome of the shooter genre but in recent years we have started to see a slight decline in interest in the game and a severe lack of creativity when it comes to the games development. With Call of Duty: Ghosts just having been released for current gen consoles and coming for next gen reviews and impressions have been riddled with negative comments and feedback.
There are several things that stand out in Call of Duty: Ghosts. In the campaign there are missions that are just great. They have you on the edge of your seat, scaling the side of a building, adrenaline pumping action. Another good thing is that all killstreaks are now based on actual kills made by the player not the kills earned by other killstreak rewards such as helicopters and drones. This makes it a more level playing field because not one player is overpowered. Lastly, you are able to purchase your weapons and equipment with squad points. This means that all weapons are available to you and you don’t have to earn them as you level up which means you can make your perfect class by the time you reach level 20.
While Ghosts has some good parts there are still a lot of bad parts of the game. The campaign itself fell flat, there was a typical kill the enemy be the hero story line without much character development. A lot of the campaign was going through the motions without any real benefits. When it comes to multiplayer it was great to be able to purchase weapons with squad points but squad points are very difficult to obtain. You earn them as you level up but leveling up in Ghosts has been slowed down substantially. While you are able to purchase your weapons and equipment the customization for your weapon is very limited.
There is no creativity when it comes to this game. It is like every other Call of Duty games in the series and there has been no real advancement in the way it plays. It is far behind the curve when it comes to the shooter genre. It is barely touching on things like interactive environments while other games like Battlefield have been doing for years. At this point it feels like the game is made just to be made to satisfy the gamer who expects the yearly release all at the expense of losing the pull that Call of Duty originally had. Because of this we are seeing a lack of quality in gameplay, graphics and story, which in the long run will hurt the series.
Worth the buy?
So is Call of Duty: Ghosts worth the buy? That depends, if you are going into the game expecting it to break new ground and be completely different than the other games in the franchise then no, not at all. If you are expecting it to be like Call of Duty with a few changes then yes, because that’s what the game is.